According to WWD, French Vogue's editor in chief Carine Roitfeld invited Ford, who has recently dove back into womenswear design, to take up the guest editing task a year ago and he embraced it fully, art directing the entire issue, writing articles, playing photographer and stylist and casting a surprising array of models.
"I always say, 'Tom has an eye like a scanner,' " Roitfeld told the paper. "He took his role very seriously. He is truly multitalented."
On the Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott-shot cover, half of Ford's face is shown in the background while 15-year-old Dutch model Daphne Groeneveld is front and center, her eyes closed and her glossy red lips parted for an overall smoldering effect.
Fortunately for non-teenage readers, the inside pages aren't all about the celebration of dewy youth. Instead, Ford photographed 67-year-old style icon Lauren Hutton, 50-something curator and book publisher Lisa Eisner and a host of other female muses of his who have chosen to forgo plastic surgery and age gracefully.
"He very much likes beautiful wrinkles," Roitfeld told WWD.
Ford also uses the opportunity to fill the magazine with intimate family photos and articles by his longtime boyfriend Richard Buckley and close friend Eisner about beauty and the L.A. art scene, as well as a fashion spread shot by Terry Richardson (the only photographer allowed into his top secret Spring 2011 show) with Ford's ranch in New Mexico as a backdrop.
The holiday issue will be on French newsstands November 30 and hopefully U.S. newsstands the same day or soon after. It'll also come with a polybagged calendar photographed by Mikael Jansson and starring Daria Werbowy.
In related news: read about the latest weight-themed controversy surrounding Ford.